In the Great Minds of the Eastern Intellectual Tradition lecture series Grant Hardy mentions that there is a Buddhist sutra or text when the Buddha gets a migraine (it's probably not described as a migraine I should imagine). It's apparently an example of the fruits Buddha's previous karma arising even after he was enlightened. Does anyone know the text that this happens in?

  • Thanks for asking! I'd heard about it too (in a Dan Ingram Buddhist Geeks podcast, I think) but could never find it. BTW, could you give a rough location to where it's mentioned in Hardy's lecture series.
    – tkp
    Mar 19, 2015 at 22:25

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This is explained in Why the Buddha Suffered (The Connection with Previous Deeds / Apadāna 39.10).

  • Is this what you are looking for? Sep 20, 2014 at 18:19
  • It is the one. Particularly as there are a lot of other ailments which Grant Hardy alluded to. Thanks Sep 20, 2014 at 20:57
  • @SumindaSirinathSalpitikorala, the first two of those links seem to be broken. Can you check them?
    – tkp
    Mar 19, 2015 at 22:26
  • The site is down but this is in the Apadana. Matter of finding another translation. Mar 21, 2015 at 13:58

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